University of Cambridge — Lecturer in the Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Selwyn College

Vacancy reference: JN02015

Salary: £37,756 to £47,787 pa

Applications are invited for a permanent University Lectureship in the Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science, to start on 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. This post is part of the Trinity Scheme for Joint Lectureships and will be held in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) in conjunction with a Fellowship at Selwyn College.

Responsibilities will include contributing to all aspects of undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervising and examining, leading research in the philosophy of psychology or cognitive science, and various administrative duties for the Department and the College.

Applicants must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and have an outstanding record of excellence in teaching, research and publication in this area. The Department offers an exceptionally stimulating and supportive interdisciplinary research environment and the opportunity to develop undergraduate and graduate teaching in the post-holder’s areas of expertise.


  • Closing date: 5pm on Friday 7 March 2014
  • Longlisting: by approx 17 March 2014
  • Shortlisting: by approx 25 March 2014
  • Job talks and informal meetings: all day on 23 April 2014
  • Interviews: morning of 24 April 2014 (videoconferencing will be available if required)

More information is here:

Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham

Research Fellow, Philosophy, University of Birmingham

This post arises from an AHRC Fellowship awarded to Lisa Bortolotti for a project entitled “The Epistemic Innocence of Imperfect Cognitions”. The project aims to develop the notion of epistemic innocence and to investigate whether delusional beliefs, distorted memories and confabulatory explanations can ever have epistemic benefits which outweigh their epistemic faults.

Qualifications: PhD relevant to research area (Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Psychiatry).

The post is fixed term for 12 months, starting 2 September 2013, and part time at 30% FTE. The deadline is 11th July 2013. Full job description.

Some information about the project can be found here:
- Website
- Blog

2 Postdocs: The Architecture of Consciousness

The Architecture of Consciousness is a five-year European Research Council (ERC) funded project which aims to develop a model of the structural features of consciousness. The project will focus on the following aspects of consciousness: its subjectivity, its temporality, its unity, its selectivity, and its dimensionality (that is, the relationship between the various levels of consciousness). By developing a model of the structural features of consciousness, the project aims to bridge the gap between raw data on the one hand and a full-blown theory of consciousness on the other. Regular workshops will be held on project themes, details of which will be posted on this site.

The project is directed by Prof. Tim Bayne, and will involve a number of post-doctoral fellows. The first two-doctoral positions will begin in September 2013.

For further information about the project please contact Tim Bayne (

Research Fellowships in Stirling

The University of Stirling is offering a number of Postdoctoral Fellowships across its Academic Schools. Fellows will be assigned a senior mentor from their host Academic School who has an excellent personal record on research publication and external funding.

These 2-year research positions offer the opportunity for outstanding early career researchers embarking upon an independent research career.

The Fellowships will provide a fixed-term, research only contract on a salary on the Grade 7 scale (£30,122 – £35,939) and a grant for research expenses of £5,000 per annum.

Candidates will normally hold a doctorate (in exceptional cases, candidates may have submitted their PhD thesis but not yet have undertaken their viva) and will normally have a maximum of six years postdoctoral research experience, whether in a University or industrial setting. The Fellowships are designed to assist Fellows embarking upon an independent research career, with the prospect of transitioning to a lecturing position at the end of the Fellowship (subject to availability of suitable positions and relevant HR processes). During their appointment, Fellows will be expected and supported to secure significant external research funding with which to continue their research programme after the end of their Fellowship. Fellows are expected to:

Proposals are invited from high calibre early career researchers. Prior to submitting an application and proposal you should identify and approach a potential mentor within a School to discuss your research proposal and application. You MUST state your proposed mentor and host School within the cover letter of your application.

For more information see:

3 PhD or PostDoc Stipendiary Fellowships in Bochum

A. Neurophilosophy/Philosophy of Mind & Language

The candidate should have a strong interest in relating empirical methods to philosophical questions regarding mind and language. The successful applicant will be expected to investigate these questions among others with EEG methods. Some background in statistics and eventually some affinity to an empirical or mathematical discipline (psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, physics, biology, computer science, mathematics, engineering etc.) would be welcome.

B. Philosophy of Language/Philosophical Semantics

The candidate should have a strong interest in the interface between philosophy of language and linguistics. Some background in logic or formal semantics would be welcome. The candidate should be open to the empirical investigation of language comprehension.

C. Philosophy of Cognition/Epistemology

The candidate should have a strong background in epistemology, logic, the theory of mental representation and/or the theory of reasoning. The successful applicant will be expected to integrate empirical methods and/or computer simulations into the philosophical investigation of cognition.

Each of the three positions will be filled either with a PhD candidate or a postdoc for up to three years.

Depending on qualification the stipendiary fellowship will match the net income of:

  • 50% TV-L E13 position (PhD candidate, approx. 1300€/month),

  • 75% TV-L E13 position (advanced PhD candidate/early postdoc, approx. 1700€/month),

  • 100% TV-L E13 position (postdoc, approx. 2100€/month), respectively.

Applications should specify the name of the position and whether a PhD or postdoc stipendiary fellowship is applied for. They should include a statement of interest (not more than one page), a CV, a list of publications, copies of relevant certificates and diploma, one letter of reference and the names of two further referees.

Applications should be sent electronically to by March 20, 2012. We regret that we will not be able to return any submitted material and send out negative notifications.

For further information please visit the webpage or contact Professor Markus Werning ( directly.

The Ruhr-University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity. We strongly encourage applications from qualified women and persons with disabilities.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Philosophy of Psychiatry: Mind, Value, and Mental Health

University of Oxford

Grade 7: £29,249 – £31,020 per annum

A two-year research and teaching appointment in Philosophy of Psychiatry: Mind, Value, and Mental Health is available for an outstanding academic at an early stage of his or her career. The successful candidate will be expected to take up appointment between 1 September 2012 and 1 January 2013.

Eligible candidates must hold a masters degree and either have completed a PhD or, for candidates in national education systems where the PhD does not apply, be a candidate for the appropriate doctoral examination; be at an early stage of an academic career, and if holding a doctorate have completed it within the past four years (from 1 October 2012), excluding justified career breaks. Candidates who already hold a permanent academic appointment will not be considered.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue and publish the results of independent research in philosophy of psychiatry broadly conceived; undertake on average 2-3 hours of teaching each week during term time, for the University or a college; and play a pivotal or leading role in Faculty initiatives in the area of philosophy of psychiatry. He or she will be provided with office space in the Humanities Divisional Office in the Radcliffe Infirmary Main Building in the centre of Oxford.

Further particulars, including details of how to apply, can be obtained from the Oxford Philosophy Faculty website (, or by writing to

The deadline for receipt of applications and references (which should be submitted by email to the address above) is 12noon on Monday 19 March 2012.

Alexander Tamas Research Fellowship: Machine Superintelligence and the Future of AI

with the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology
Faculty of Philosophy
The Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford Martin School
University of Oxford

Grade 7: £29,099 – £39,107 per annum
Protocol reference number: HUM/11042F/E

Applications are invited for a fixed-term, three-year Research Fellowship within the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, an interdisciplinary programme within the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University.

The Programme, directed by Professor Nick Bostrom, analyzes possibilities related to long-range technological change and potential social impacts of future transformative technologies. Research foci include the future of computing and machine intelligence, existential risks, predictive and evaluative uncertainty, and related philosophical issues. The postholder will research topics related to the long-term future of machine intelligence, focusing on impacts, risks, current technical developments and foundational issues. The post does not involve developing specific AI applications. Possible backgrounds include (but are not restricted to) computer science, mathematics, or philosophy. For further particulars and application details, please see: or contact:

The deadline for applications is Monday 27th February

James Martin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Foundations and Future of Artificial Intelligence

University of Oxford
Faculty of Philosophy
The Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford Martin School

Protocol Reference Number: HUM/1014F/E

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. The post is fixed-term for the period 30 January 2012 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to 30 September 2012.

The Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) is a unique multidisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford, and is directed by Professor Nick Bostrom. The Institute’s mission is to bring excellent scholarship to bear on big-picture questions for humanity. The FHI is part of the Oxford Martin School, and is hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy.

The Institute’s work centres on developments that may affect the human condition in fundamental ways – and how we can better understand, evaluate, and respond to radical change. The postholder will conduct independent and collaborative research related to artificial intelligences and other cognitive systems, machine intelligence, superintelligence, and other associated topics. Further particulars are available from the FHI website ( or by emailing

The deadline for applications is noon (UK time) on Monday 23 January 2012.

Chancellor’s Fellowships in Edinburgh

Anyone looking, or temptable to be on, the job market might be interested in the following fellowships (they may not be aware of them since these may not appear in Jobs for Philosophers)…

They are a pretty amazing deal: 5 years of research time with a permanent lectureship at the end.

One of the areas that they are looking to hire is cognitive science, including philosophy of cognitive science:

Chancellor’s Fellowships

Humanities and Social Science

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh, a global top 20 University located in one of the world’s fine cities, is making a major investment in the future of its academic staff with the appointment of prestigious tenure-track Fellowships across all disciplines. These 5-year Fellowships are intended to support outstanding candidates at the start of their independent academic career. Up to 100 positions are available.

A Chancellor’s Fellow will already show the ability to conduct world-leading research and exhibit clear potential to become an international leader in their discipline. The Fellow will be able to concentrate on research in the first instance, acquiring the full duties of University Lecturer across the period of the Fellowship. Subject to satisfactory review at the end of 3 years, the Fellow will move to an open contract on the University academic staff.

Appointment will normally be made on the Lecturer scale (£36,862 – £44,016), dependent on experience, and in exceptional circumstances a more senior appointment may be made. Some positions are available with immediate effect and it is expected that successful applicants will be in post from August 2012.

Applications containing a detailed CV and a 1-page outline of a proposed research programme should be made online at to meet one of the closing dates below. General advice may be obtained by emailing and specific details may be obtained from the appropriate Head of School.

Salary Scale: £36,862 – £44,016

Please quote vacancy reference: 3015150JW

Closing dates: 16 January, 29 February and 16 April 2012

Postdoc at Swiss Center for Affective Sciences

The Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (SCAS) invites applications for a position as

Postdoc (80%) for 2 years in the area of Emotions, Language and Culture

Description: The successful applicant will be responsible for the interdisciplinary research focus on Emotions, Language and Culture, in particular the interdisciplinary study of emotion words and emotion concepts across cultures and through historical periods within the realm of the National Center of Competence in Research “Affective Sciences”.

This includes: a) Encouraging communication of researchers from different disciplines inside and outside the NCCR who might be interested in the role of language and culture in the study of emotion by organizing colloquia/workshops, b) initiating publications on the topics covered by the focus from a multidisciplinary perspective, and c) high-level disciplinary research activity related to the topic of the focus, including submitting applications for external funding.

The applicant should a) be interested in conducting research on the way emotion concepts are coded in language and how they vary across cultures and historical periods, b) possess an openness towards different disciplinary approaches and research methods, and c) be motivated to excel in his/her specific research discipline. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to collaborate internationally and to present the research results at international conferences.

Requirements: Candidates must: hold a PhD; have good knowledge of the relevant literature in their discipline; have at least a basic knowledge of linguistic methods and concepts, with an emphasis on semantics/semiotics; have an interest and the necessary personality to do interdisciplinary work; have good knowledge of English and French; be able to coordinate and collaborate with a large group of people (soft skills). Preference will be given to scholars with confirmed research experience on emotion in linguistics (cognitive/ historical/ anthropological), anthropology, classics, or other disciplines directly involved in the study of language.

Start: Review of applications will begin on February 15th, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Start date as soon as possible (to be agreed with the candidate).

Application: Candidates must send their applications (letter of interest, CV, and 2 letters of recommendation) by email to:

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